Paul's Corner: "Radioactive" by Lauren Redniss
Lauren Redniss writes wonderful books, so wonderful, so different that you’d hardly call them books. Filled with multi-paletted illustrations in many styles, punctuated with perfectly chosen period photographs, her works are more like museum exhibitions than books you’d find in a library. Take my word for it, though, the literary world takes these lovely books very seriously as books. Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, a Tale of Love and Fallout was a finalist for last year’s National Book Award for Biography. Ms. Redniss is a marvelous writer and diligent researcher as well as an artist of rare talent. This is not what is called a “graphic novel.” This is not like anything else at all. The paperback arrived the other day and has begun to sell at the ridiculously low price of $21.99. Come down. You need to see it.
“Absolutely dazzling. Radioactive is both vibrant history and a work of art.” — Richard Rhodes
Preview some of Radioactive’s luminous pages at the author’s website here: http://www.laurenredniss.com/radioactive/pages/